From Danny Shapiro
Happy New Year, fellow music lovers! I hope you’re all reflecting on a great year of unforgettable concerts, stellar new bands, and standout albums to keep your iPods chugging along well into 2011.
In case you’re still searching for the perfect way to spend the upcoming weekend, here are some brilliant events happening right here in the Borderstan neighborhood! See you all at the gigs in the New Year!
Friday, January 31 @ the Black Cat
Black Cat New Years Party (Doors 8 pm, $25)
Come celebrate the turn of 2011 with Peaches O’Dell and her Orchestra, offering a smorgasbord of dance tunes from the past: swing dance music, 30s-40s romance, Latin rhumbas and tangos, “jump swing,” and a stop through hits of the 1950s.
For the same entrance fee, you can also check out a second DJ dance party in the backroom with DJ Dredd and Grap Luva. Two parties in one equals a great way to count down to midnight! Twentieth century period costumes optional.
Friday, January 31 @ 9:30 Club
Spend New Years Eve with Gogol Bordello
This show is sold out, unfortunately, but if you can find an extra ticket, grab it faster than one can say “Gogol Bordello.”
Starting this Friday HomoSonic has a new location, Liv at 2001 11th Street NW, above Bohemian Caverns on U Street. The “alternative co-ed dance party for queer folks and their friends” and is sponsored by The New Gay.
In honor of the move to 11th and U, HomoSonic is giving away two sets of tickets (2 pairs of 2 tickets) to Borderstan readers. To win your free HomoSonic tickets for Friday, July 2, send us an email at [email protected]. The first two emails win the tickets.
The party starts at 9:30 pm and runs to 3 am. In addition to The New Gay, you can check out HomoSonic’s Facebook event page. The organizers are promising, “DJ Natty Boom (Anthology of Booty) and DJ’s Zack and Michael of TheNewGay.net will keep you moving (and cruizing) at this coed, trans-inclusive, straight-friendly dance party that will make you happy.”